Author Topic: NSF at IAC Mexico for the SpaceX Mars Announcement.  (Read 85783 times)

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As we all are aware, Elon Musk is going to finally spill the beans on his Mars colonization plans at the International Astronautical Congress in Mexico this September.  NSF is going to have someone there to cover it in person and I'm lucky and fortunate enough to say that person is going to be me.  I have had the pleasure of covering for NSF SpaceX's Dragon 2 reveal in person and their presentations at Space Tech Expo as well as reporting on launches, launch and landing site construction, ASDS buildup and general SpaceX activities on the west coast.

At the Dragon 2 reveal, I was able to represent NSF and ask a few questions directly to Elon which he kindly answered, and fingers crossed, we can continue that conversation in Mexico.  NSF is going to fund this trip out of L2 revenue and I expect lots of L2 worthy content and NSF news articles to flow from Elon's announcement and also the other participants at the 5 day conference. For those of the contributing type, I believe Chris would appreciate anyone's efforts to chip in and finance this endeavor on behalf of getting some good spaceflight specific information out of the event and not standard "Is that a big rocket? How does this make you feel, Elon?" type of questioning that can be expected from mass market media. :)

Here's how it went the last time I met Elon.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBaLYDbk4fY&feature=youtu.be&t=22m17s

(This is now fully funded thanks to the amazing support of our community! Well done everyone!)
« Last Edit: 08/21/2016 09:55 pm by Chris Bergin »

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Re: NSF at IAC Mexico for the SpaceX Mars Announcement.
« Reply #1 on: 06/28/2016 11:24 pm »
No better person for the job. God speed.
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Re: NSF at IAC Mexico for the SpaceX Mars Announcement.
« Reply #2 on: 06/28/2016 11:35 pm »
Awesome! No better man for the job, other than perhaps Chris! ;D Going to be historic!

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Nope, I'd say Derrick is better than me for the job! :)

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Re: NSF at IAC Mexico for the SpaceX Mars Announcement.
« Reply #4 on: 06/29/2016 12:21 am »
Please don't forget to ask Elon how many African elephants his rocket weighs.

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Re: NSF at IAC Mexico for the SpaceX Mars Announcement.
« Reply #5 on: 06/29/2016 12:24 am »
I was considering going myself but decided not to because I have never had a good experience in Mexico.  I'm already a L2 member but would still like to contribute to this momentous event.  How do we do it?

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Re: NSF at IAC Mexico for the SpaceX Mars Announcement.
« Reply #6 on: 06/29/2016 12:38 am »
I think you can donate by following the link called *you can make your payment by clicking here* on the bottom of the the L2 registration page.
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I was considering going myself but decided not to because I have never had a good experience in Mexico.  I'm already a L2 member but would still like to contribute to this momentous event.  How do we do it?

That's really cool. I don't want anyone to feel compelled, but it's not going to be cheap, so any help from the community would be appreciated as we want to cover all of Derrick's costs. Would be the same process as your original L2 payment (but any amount as it's outside of the subscription terms). Any current L2 members can mark it "IAC funds" on the "notes" part of the payment page so we can ringfence it.

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Re: NSF at IAC Mexico for the SpaceX Mars Announcement.
« Reply #8 on: 06/29/2016 04:10 am »
I was considering going myself but decided not to because I have never had a good experience in Mexico.  I'm already a L2 member but would still like to contribute to this momentous event.  How do we do it?

That's really cool. I don't want anyone to feel compelled, but it's not going to be cheap, so any help from the community would be appreciated as we want to cover all of Derrick's costs. Would be the same process as your original L2 payment (but any amount as it's outside of the subscription terms). Any current L2 members can mark it "IAC funds" on the "notes" part of the payment page so we can ringfence it.

I placed my donation.  Thanks Chris for the instructions.  Have fun Derrick.
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Re: NSF at IAC Mexico for the SpaceX Mars Announcement.
« Reply #9 on: 06/29/2016 11:44 am »
I'm so looking forward to Elon's talk and it's fantastic that NSF will be there and represented by Helodriver.

I've made a (modest) donation to NSF's IAC fund and I'm posting this simply to encourage others to donate too.

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Re: NSF at IAC Mexico for the SpaceX Mars Announcement.
« Reply #10 on: 06/29/2016 11:57 am »
I was considering going myself but decided not to because I have never had a good experience in Mexico.  I'm already a L2 member but would still like to contribute to this momentous event.  How do we do it?

That's really cool. I don't want anyone to feel compelled, but it's not going to be cheap, so any help from the community would be appreciated as we want to cover all of Derrick's costs. Would be the same process as your original L2 payment (but any amount as it's outside of the subscription terms). Any current L2 members can mark it "IAC funds" on the "notes" part of the payment page so we can ringfence it.

Thanks for that info was wondering as existing L2 member.

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Re: NSF at IAC Mexico for the SpaceX Mars Announcement.
« Reply #11 on: 06/29/2016 12:25 pm »
I can't afford L2 (who can?), but happy to chip in a little bit for this. Maybe Chris can set up a link so people can just use Paypal etc?

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Re: NSF at IAC Mexico for the SpaceX Mars Announcement.
« Reply #12 on: 06/29/2016 12:30 pm »
I'll throw in some money as well. Can't wait to see what you bring us  ;D

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Re: NSF at IAC Mexico for the SpaceX Mars Announcement.
« Reply #13 on: 06/29/2016 12:48 pm »
Just a FYI, but 2 months of L2 is $20, so if you're going to pitch in a little, you should be able to get a couple months of L2 thrown in, too. You don't /have/ to spend $100 or whatever.

If you already have L2 access, you can ALSO fund an L2 scholarship for aerospace students.
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Re: NSF at IAC Mexico for the SpaceX Mars Announcement.
« Reply #14 on: 06/29/2016 01:32 pm »
I can't afford L2 (who can?), but happy to chip in a little bit for this. Maybe Chris can set up a link so people can just use Paypal etc?

I think a lot of people can afford 20 bucks for two months of rocket porn. ;) The link in this thread is a paypal form, so you can still use that and the payment box is blank, so you could put in 5 bucks and add IAC into the "additional notes" part and that would be what you ask :)
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Re: NSF at IAC Mexico for the SpaceX Mars Announcement.
« Reply #15 on: 06/29/2016 02:21 pm »
Thanks Chris.  Glad I could help.

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Re: NSF at IAC Mexico for the SpaceX Mars Announcement.
« Reply #16 on: 06/29/2016 02:31 pm »
I can't afford L2 (who can?), but happy to chip in a little bit for this. Maybe Chris can set up a link so people can just use Paypal etc?

While I don't want to this to turn into a L2 conversation...NSF L2 will fund Derrick for the week trip, but some help on that would be great but I'd certainly say no one should feel obligated and especially not if money is tight, so you answered your own question there (but really appreciate the thought). That's the only relevance to this thread, getting Derrick totally covered so he only has to concentrate on cornering Elon! ;)

Our community is awesome and helping will get the option of having their name or username listed in the resulting articles too (optional).

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Re: NSF at IAC Mexico for the SpaceX Mars Announcement.
« Reply #17 on: 06/29/2016 02:34 pm »
Happy to help! Bring us back some amazing footage and infos, Helodriver!
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Re: NSF at IAC Mexico for the SpaceX Mars Announcement.
« Reply #18 on: 06/29/2016 05:15 pm »
What's the timeframe for donations?
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Re: NSF at IAC Mexico for the SpaceX Mars Announcement.
« Reply #19 on: 06/29/2016 06:22 pm »
I can't afford L2 (who can?), but happy to chip in a little bit for this. Maybe Chris can set up a link so people can just use Paypal etc?
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